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  • August 14, 2013

    Conservation Coalition Calls on Obama Administration to Balance Drilling With Wilderness Protection-1

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    A national coalition of conservation groups has released a report that includes 16 recommendations — include raising drilling and royalty rates — to balance the development of oil and gas resources on public lands with environmental concerns and recreational needs.
                   
    The report, “A Blueprint for Balance,” was released August 6 by Equal Ground, a coalition whose members include the Center for American Progress, the Wilderness Society, the Conservation Lands Foundation, the Center for Western Priorities, and the Western Energy Project.

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  • August 13, 2013

    Security Expert Argues for Guns in Church -1

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    According to a church violence researcher and ministry security consultant, when it comes to the longstanding debate about weapons in houses of worship, the numbers speak for themselves.
                   
    In 2012, there were 135 "deadly force incidents" resulting in 75 deaths in faith-based gathering places -- a 36-percent increase over 2011 -- says Carl Chinn, who has tracked deadly force incidents at churches since 1999 on his website, carlchinn.com.
                   
    Chinn, a frequent seminar speaker for the National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management, says churches and religious organizations should consider hiring armed security guards or arming designated church-goers during services.

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  • August 12, 2013

    Can Landlords Ban Firearms?-1

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    Colorado may soon see a clash between individual rights and property rights play out in court following a decision by Oakwood Apartments, a 114-unit, 3.5-acre complex in Castle Rock, to ban all “firearms and weapons" from the premises.
                   
    According to a notice sent to residents in late July, "residents cannot display, use, or possess any firearms or weapons of any kind, anywhere on the property" after Oct. 1.

    Is this legal? The answer is yes, no and maybe, depending on where you live.

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  • August 6, 2013

    Battle Over Riverbed Ownership Continues in North Carolina-0

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    The state of North Carolina will challenge Alcoa Inc.'s assertion that it owns a 38-mile stretch of riverbed in the Yadkin River, filing a lawsuit on August 2 that could have broad implications for public access to water bodies nationwide.
                   
    State officials claim Alcoa has no ownership rights to the bed of the Yadkin River, over which four dams were built beginning a century ago. The lawsuit asks a Wake County judge to rule that the state retains ownership rights to the submerged land, so North Carolina will have a financial stake in power produced by the hydropower dams.
                   
    The state and a grassroots coalition of local groups, spearheaded by the Yadkin Riverkeeper Inc., are also contesting Alcoa's effort to secure a new federal license -- 401 Certification Application -- that would allow it to continue operating the dams for up to 50 years.

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  • August 2, 2013

    Hunting Access: Why You Should Care About the Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee-0

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    It may appear to be nothing more than semantics, but a proposal to make the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee a permanent advisory panel rather than one that must have its charter renewed every two years by Congress is a significant step in ensuring wildlife, habitat conservation, and hunting are priorities in federal land-management decisions.
                   
    The Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC) advisory committee was created in 2010, replacing the Sporting Conservation Council, to advise the Interior and Agriculture departments on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, and recreational shooting issues on federal land.

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  • July 30, 2013

    Colorado Recall Vote Could Affect Gun Owners Nationally-1

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    Voters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo will go to the polls on Sept. 10 to cast ballots in the first recall elections of any state officials in Colorado's 137-year history.
                   
    Two Democratic lawmakers -- Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo -- have been singled out for recall by angry Colorado gun owners for supporting sweeping gun control laws adopted earlier this year, including a 15-round magazine limit.
                   
    According to the New York Times, the recall drive is seen nationally as a test of whether politicians, largely Democrats, outside big cities and deep-blue coastal states can survive the political fallout of supporting stricter gun laws.
                   
    “Legislators should be scared,” Becky Mizel, Pueblo's GOP chairwoman told the Times. “We have a battle here.”

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  • July 26, 2013

    Outdoor Groups Endorse Senate Effort to Restore Allotted $900M to Conservation Fund-0

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    A wide range of conservation and outdoor recreation groups are lobbying in support of a Senate bill and resolution that both call for ending the "chronic diversion" of offshore oil and gas revenues from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) into the federal government's general fund.
       
    On Feb. 14, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced the Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act of 2013 (S. 338). The bill, which demands "full and dedicated funding" of LWCF, has 30 cosponsors and has been referred to the Senate's Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
       
    On March 25, the Senate passed a budget resolution for the 2014 fiscal year with a 50-49 vote in support of "full and dedicated funding" of the LWCF—for only the second time in nearly 50 years.

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  • July 25, 2013

    Judge Wants to Ban the Sales of Toy Guns in Maryland-9

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    A Maryland judge wants to ban the state's toy retailers from selling toy guns. Judge Zakia Mahasa said toy guns, even those clearly marked as toys in accordance with existing federal and state laws, present a danger to children because, to her, they still look like real guns. Federal laws require toy guns to be transparent, brightly colored and have bright orange tips at the ends of their barrels.

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  • July 22, 2013

    9 Dumbest Gun-Control Quotes from Politicians and Celebrities-16

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    People often say dumb things in the heated passion of political debate. And in the new era of gun control regulations, inflaming emotions rather than engaging in a rational discussion has become all too common.
                    
    What follows is a list of 9 dumb quotes from gun-control proponents about the Second Amendment, gun violence, and guns that confirms, once again, that thinking before emoting is easier said than done.
                                  
    1)  "The Second Amendment only protects the people who want all the guns they can have. The rest of us, we've got no Second Amendment. What are we supposed to do?"
     

    This comment was made by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-New York) in a March 12 interview with John Fugelsang on CurrentTV's "Viewpoint." Slaughter blamed the Second Amendment for violent crime, saying "Americans aren't safe anywhere" and gun control "has to be done" to protect citizens from themselves and their constitutionally guaranteed individual right to own a firearm.

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  • July 19, 2013

    Conservation Groups Endorse Ban on New Mining in Huge Stretch of Federal Land -0

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    The Bureau of Land Management on July 5 formally banned new mining claims for the next 20 years on about 475 square miles of federal land in six southwestern states to promote solar energy development -- a measure endorsed by public lands hunters and anglers.
                   
    The BLM said it will not accept new mining claims on 303,900 acres in 17 areas identified for solar development in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. A temporary prohibition was already in effect in these areas; the order merely extends that prohibition to 2033.
                   
    The solar zones were established by the Interior Department's Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) in October 2012 in response to the Obama Administration's March 2012 "climate action plan" to generate 20,000 megawatts of renewal energy on federal lands by 2020.

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